Monday, 9 April 2018

Still Life

Irt's been a beautiful 2 days here. We've had some nice sunshine and thankfully it's been a little warmer. It's such a change from grey damp and dreary.  A couple of visits to a garden centre and home with some spring flowers, (now all planted up in their pots) has cheered me up a bit!
I have also found some time to do a few more cards for the stash.
Some of them have been a bit of an experiment - some have turned out as a disaster but others have been OK.

I have a whole file of 'Inspiration' and this is my take on one of those cards I saved. 

I think I should have put some shading behind to make the design have a bit more depth but practice makes perfect (or in my case practice will make something passable - eventually!).
I used Hickory Smoke  and Pumice Stone for the background.

I die cut the 3 vases from watercolour card and coloured with Distress Inks.
I stamped the leaves (from a freebie set) on the front one and then used glossy accents over the vase. The other two were just left after painting. I used foam pads to stand the vases out from the background.

Although it doesn't show very well in the pic, the front one has a lovely glossy finish and really stands out.
The tiny branches are an old stamp from Chocolate Baroque (I think) and I used some Liquid Pearls to make tiny white berries.
Sentiment and vase dies are from MFT.

I have long been an admire of the awesome Birgit. I love her CAS but so detailed style and the way she combines different elements effortlessly. She has inspired me to keep trying with small watercolour backgrounds and add different elements to the focal point of the card. 
My 3 vases are not quite as good as Birgit's but it will do for me!
Sharing at -
Simply Create Too - Use Die Cuts
Creative with Stamps - CAS and Sentiment
Die Cut Divas - A/Goes
Allsorts - Square
Crafter's Castle - A/Goes

Hoping the sun is shining wherever you are - thanks for calling by and if you've left me a comment, thank you! x


Helene E said...

Lovely project, thank you so much for entering our square challenge at Allsorts this week.

Arlene said...

WOW. I love the background, all smokey and the vases are wonderful. I'd put this on the wall for all to see. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

Jules said...

Hi Viv

A great card .. .. it would look brilliant framed and hung on a wall!

Love how you have stamped the sentiment onto the frame.

Your weather sounds like it has been much better than ours. We have had rain .. .. AGAIN!!!!

Love Jules xx

brenda said...

You can send some of the sunshine this way, been throwing it down since Thursday. Really like the striking colours here and the way you framed it, thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts. Hope your braced for tomorrow evening.

B x

Meggymay said...

A fantastic card it looks at first glance like a watercolour painting.
Yvonne xx

Kathleen said...

This is a really beautiful card Viv, I have to say I love everything about it, the design, the colours and the background. Don't tell anyone I said that as I feel I should not go overboard with my commenting on challenge entries. But ... Thank you for joining our 'Be there or be square' challenge this week at Allsorts.

Kath x

Liz said...

Love this card, Viv, fabulous design. xx

aussie aNNie said...

Hi Viv, this is so gorgeous, fabulous CAS
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Carole said...

Well Viv....your talent abounds yet for the wall this one! Brilliant! Rain AGAIN her...lots of it...I swear my feet will be webbed soon! xx

rachel said...

I love this Viv - I think its brilliant! Hugs rachel x

Pollard Carole said...

So elegant what a lovely design Love and hugs Carole x

pinky said...

This is so artistic looking Viv. Your background is perfect for the stamps.

susiestacey said...

Lovely card, perfect for this weeks challenge. Isn't it amazing that a few spring plants can cheer you up and make the world seem a better place - spring is on its way at last
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts ' Be Square' challenge this week and good luck x Susan x

The Craft Princess said...

Such a beautiful scene you created....I love it!!! And I love the wonderful dimension you created as well. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafter's Castle this month....good luck :)
Hugs... Janie
Crafter's Castle

Desperatehousewifecraft said...

Wow thats a work of art, I hope you frame it! Love your water-colouring, its brilliant. Thanks for sharing it at Creative with Stamps and we do hope to see more of your beautiful creations soon! Hugs, Gwendolyn

Mrs A. said...

Now that is my kind of still life. I just can't get the perspective right. The colouring on your pots is superb with the shading just right. Hugs Mrs A.

Tracy said...

Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sally H said...

Absolutely stunning, Viv! I love it. You got a real 3d effect on the vases with the distress ink. We could do with some of that sunshine too! Grey, miserable and slightly foggy for days here

Pia S said...

This could be a professionally made painting to put on a wall, I think it’s beautifully made.

Pat said...

I love these prettily coloured vases Viv and the branch in one of them with the little bits of liquid pearls you have used which give great dimension, and the softly watercoloured background works well. x

Sarn said...

Fantastic card. Love everything about it xxx